Luka Modric has hit back at Bayern Munich after Real Madrid’s Champions League success was overshadowed by refereeing controversies.
The Madrid star insists critics just notice when decisions go in his side’s favour and never when they go another way.
Madrid defeat Bayern 6-3 on aggregate after Tuesday’s quarterfinal second leg went to extra time.
The Bundesliga side were fierce after two of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals seemed to be offside, while Arturo Vidal was controversially sent off in a match that reignited calls for the adoption of video technology.
But Modric is miserable with the focus on officiating and feels Madrid could have won the tie regardless.
“I feel sorry there are controversies after our win against Bayern because I’m sure we were better in two matches, created more opportunities and once again made Manuel Neuer appear fantastic,” Modric said to Sportske novosti.
“I ‘m used to it now that each refereeing choice in Real’s favour gets huge promotion and when it goes against us, no one notices it.
“Bayern got a penalty that never was in Munich, Sergio Ramos’ own goal came after an offside and Vidal should have got a second yellow in the 47th minute.
“But I don’t need to discuss [what Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has said about referees].
“I was against VAR in Japan in the Club World Cup as it continued too long and match officials are not handling it well.
“But after I saw it in the France v Spain match, I saw it could be really beneficial to football.”
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Real’s success means they face city rivals Atletico Madrid in the semifinals, with Modric alleviated to draw Diego Simeone’s side now rather than play them again in the final, having won in 2014 and 2016.
The Croatia midfielder said: “It’s easier to meet Atletico in semifinal than in the final, individuals will be fed up of exactly the same closing three times in last four years.
“Of course it’s going to be quite demanding, as any match against Atletico is.”